Cleaveland Thomas CANTO

Broadband Infrastructure
Inventory and Public
Awareness in the
Caribbean (BIIPAC)
Ayanna T. Samuels
BIIPAC Regional Coordinator | Aug 11, 2014
BIIPAC…Spin off of CTC
Project’s Genesis – Nov 2011
Broadband Forum
Financing Plan – Facility for the
Promotion of Regional Public Goods
CANTO - Executing Agency
Beneficiary Countries are Jamaica,
Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados,
Suriname, Belize, Guyana,
Dominican Republic and Haiti
Project budget – USD 840K in cash
|USD 240K in in-kind support
Start Date – Mar 27, 2013
Project Duration – 24 months
Procurement - Individual
BIIPAC Objectives
Support the design of national broadband strategies in the
Identify the regional aspects that need to be incorporated
into these strategies to support the Caribbean as it evolves
towards universality in broadband access and service,
regardless of
the location (ubiquity) or the
social strata (equity)
Better understand the status of Broadband infrastructural
layout throughout some of the Caribbean
Organizational Structure of Project
Washington DC
<Team Leader>
Port of Spain
Port of Spain
IDB Office –
8 Beneficiary
BIIPAC Steering
BIIPAC Technical
Role of BIIPAC Steering Committee
Ensure the overall coordination and decision making
Facilitate cooperation among regional and national institutions
in the provision of information & data
Inform the members’ countries and stakeholders on issues
Approve the work plan and the tentative schedule of meetings
Analyze, harmonize and approve the national strategies in
order to facilitate their future implementation in a regional
Recommend potential technical resources for the project
Take necessary action to support the activities and the work of
the Technical Committee
First f2f meeting was held Jul 14 & 16, 2013 in Aruba
Second f2f meeting will be held Aug 13, 2014 in the Bahamas
Role of BIIPAC Technical
national coordination of the Technical Cooperation activities with other
institutions and agencies that may be involved;
Liaise with the BIIPAC Component consultants and act as a link
between them and other pertinent national institutions
provide all required information to the TC consultants to enable the
completion of their tasks;
review and provide inputs on the deliverables submitted in the
framework of the TC; and
maintain the SC and the respective authorities informed on the
development of the TC
Transmit any observations, concerns and suggestions to ensure the
achievement of the TC’s objective.
Firstf2f meeting will be held Aug 12, 2014 in the Bahamas
The TC has already commenced working with the BIIPAC Component 1
The BIIPAC Project Components
• BIIPAC terms of reference exist at
• The TORs define the activities to be undertaken and the products to be
delivered under each component
Broadband Diagnostic
and Infrastructure
Review of legal and
frameworks and
current sector trends
ICT awareness and
capacity building
Laying of groundwork for increased
broadband penetration
Public Policy
recommendations for
the design of national
broadband strategies
Broadband Diagnosis and
Infrastructure Maps
Detailed broadband diagnosis and
infrastructure maps.
Identification of country-specific
socio-demographic variables.
Classification of geographic areas
based on their penetration rates
Public policy recommendations for
each government on how to
accelerate the penetration rate
and usage of broadband services.
Work on this Component
commenced on Jan 23,
Result: Public Policies,
Understanding of Level of
intervention necessary, PPPP
Review of Regulatory and Institutional
Frameworks and Current Sector Trends
Review the current regulatory framework
for the telecom sector in each country.
Proposed revisions to the regulation level playing field for sector competition
in the Region.
Review the telecoms institutional
framework in each country
Result: Harmonized Regulatory
framework, leveraging of private sector
investment, effective implementation of
broadband strategy
Suggested Consultant
communicated to the IDB
and work to commence as
soon as ok is had from them
ICT Awareness and Capacity Building for
the Caribbean
A Component 3 seminar for regulators
and policy makers will be organized during
the regional workshop for component 2.
Training materials developed under
the framework of IDB’s Broadband Pl
atform, on the impact of ICTs in
different strategic sectors will be
leveraged in the training.
In addition, practitioners will be invited to
present international best practices, in an
effort to create a Community of Practice in
the Caribbean.
Suggested Consultant
communicated to the IDB
and work to commence as
soon as ok is had from them
A capacity building program for different
actors in each country will be designed
Result: increased use of and demand for
broadband services
Public Policy Recommendations for the
Design of National Broadband Strategies
Recommendations for the design of
national broadband strategies for each
Considerations to work towards a
regional broadband strategy
Recommendations of a governance
model per country
This is in order to facilitate the future
implementation of the national
broadband strategies and foster
regional cooperation and
Result: blue print set for the
acceleration of the penetration rate
and usage of broadband services
among the different stakeholders
This component will
commence upon the
completion of component 1,
which will be circa Oct, 2014
BIIPAC Highlights of Completed Work
Conducted Consultations with stakeholders and consequently revised Scope of work.
Obtained consensus on the remit of the Steering and Technical Committees.
Revised project budget to include facility for in-person Steering Committee Meetings
Conducted Procurement Methodology revision processes
Commenced work on Component 1 in all 8 Beneficiary Countries
Completed extensive consultant evaluation process for Components 2 and 3
Assessed feasibility of extending beneficiary country listing to OECS and Dutch Caribbean countries
Began discussions to ensure seamless transition to implementation of recommendations which will result
from BIIPAC.
Cost Quest was invited to the Jan 2014 CANTO AGM and fruitful discussions were subsequently had
between them, CANTO, the CTU and IDB and an independent consultant, John Thompson.
Cost Quest is keen on assisting BIIPAC in:
mapping the requirements and
preparing a proposal for the scope of work to present costing figures for deployment of broadband
network scenarios
Expected results of BIIPAC
Broadband diagnosis and infrastructure maps
conclusions and policy recommendations for each
participating Caribbean country.
Review of the regulatory and institutional frameworks
recommendations to address current sector trends.
ICT awareness and capacity building in the Caribbean
Seminar and the creation of a Community of Practice of
regulators, public officials and experts, and the design of
national capacity building programs.
Public policy recommendations for the design of national
broadband strategies.
This information will then feed into cost model projections to
implement necessary work outlined from BIIPAC Project results
Suggested BIIPAC Phase II : OECS
At the Feb 2013 BIIPAC Phase I Launch, members of the OECS expressed
interest in the BIIPAC project
IDB Funds can only be used to support IDB Member Countries
A grant from the Compete Caribbean Programme (CCP) was suggested to
facilitate a 2nd phase of BIIPAC
Beneficiary countries would comprise Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica,
St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts & Nevis.
Original suggested Components for
1. Broadband Diagnosis and Infrastructure Maps
2. Review of Regulatory and Institutional Frameworks and
Current Sector Trends
3. Public Policy Recommendations for the Design of
National Broadband Strategies
Each component would have had the exact TOR as its
BIIPAC Phase I counterpart
It was planned for the CCP to work closely with CANTO and the IDB in the administration of BIIPAC
Phase II, which would have comprised BIIPAC Components 1,2 and 4.
The suggested set up was the CCP as Executing Agency and CANTO as the Project Coordinator
Each beneficiary country was asked to contribute US $20,000.00 of in-kind assistance to the
financing structure of this project
Letters of Commitment were received from each country confirming provision of in-kind support
The CCP subsequently decided in 2014 to move forward only with the Broadband Mapping
Component of BIIPAC in the OECS. This is because there are other projects in the OECS such as
CARCIP with similar remits to Components 2 and 4 of BIIPAC.
Given the overlap of objectives, Compete Caribbean did not receive the go-ahead from its funding
bodies for BIIPAC Phase II full project implementation
This update has been communicated to the OECS govts by the CCP.
The Mapping Component will be conducted by the CCP working directly with the beneficiary
countries without partnership with CANTO.
BIIPAC Highlights of Lessons Learned
Critical to take initiatives to ensure implementation of next steps before
project completion
Many bureaucratic issues obtain when dealing with Pan-Caribbean projects
Disconnects can obtain between funders, executing agencies and beneficiary
bodies and must be carefully managed
Focus must be on Lesser and Greater Antilles for pan Caribbean broadband
Local experts must vet project to ensure it is relevant to domestic realities
Where there’s a will, there is a way
Thank you!
Questions / Inquiries:
Ayanna Samuels
Regional Coordinator, BIIPAC
Independent ICT4D Consultant
Technology Policy Specialist
E-mail: [email protected]

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